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Coach Tomlin's Post-Game Comments

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Coach Mike Tomlin talks about Thursday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coach Mike Tomlin: We didn’t make enough plays in all three phases of the game. We allowed them to move the ball down the field on us. We were highly penalized as were they. It was probably an ugly game to look at from home. We’ll take a look at the video and look at our technique and make the appropriate responses to that. We hadn’t been penalized like that to this point in the preseason. We’ll take a look at it. From an injury standpoint we had a couple of injuries to speak of. Sean Spence probably has a PCL to his right knee. Jason Worilds has a knee injury of some description, it will be evaluated.  Cam Heyward has an ankle sprain, some other bumps and bruises. Obviously I just told the team in there and it’s very true, the tape we put out is ours and we’ve got to own it. But more important than that, I am looking for the proper response to this performance moving forward. I think that this journey is not going to be without it’s bumps and bruises along the way. I am interested in seeing how this group responds to our performance tonight. I am going to challenge them that way, challenge ourselves, coaches and players alike, and hopefully get better in an effort to not put tape out like that on a consistent basis. It was unacceptable.

What is your reaction to Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount reports and why play either of them tonight?
I have no reaction other than the statement that we released. We are aware of it obviously. That conduct is detrimental to our efforts. They’ll be dealt with appropriately. From my perspective, in terms of their participation tonight, I didn’t view it as punishment to send them home to be quite honest with you, to not play in this preseason game. I would rather them play more than anticipated than to remove them from the game. That’s why we took the stance that we took tonight. We have some things to do regarding the matter moving forward, but not a lot to say regarding it at this point and time.

In terms of the progression since week one of the preseason is a game like this shocking, surprising?
It’s not shocking. We don’t want to play like that under any circumstances, but we did. We have to own it. Like I said just a few short moments ago, it’s more important how we move forward and make the proper corrections in all three phases so that doesn’t happen again.

How do you plan to work Brett Keisel in?
We hadn’t decided that yet. Brett is a capable NFL lineman. We have been in continual communication with him. Glad to have him back in the fold. We’ll hammer that out as we get him up to speed in terms of game readiness. He is in great shape. We’ll see what the football looks like.

As far as teams having success running the ball, is there any one thing that is happening?
I would have to look at the tape to be very specific. Defensive football is simple at times. It’s about defeating blocks and making tackles. It didn’t appear that we were coming off enough blocks consistently enough to shut down their running game. That is my knee jerk response or simple answer to your question. I am sure when I look at the tape there will be more complex issues regarding it. In a nutshell not enough guys coming off blocks making tackles.

Kelvin Beachum looked like he got pushed around a couple of times?
I didn’t see that.

Were the Bell and Blount reports detrimental at all tonight on the field?
No. We are not going to make any excuse for that performance. We are going to own that. What happened yesterday had nothing to do with how we performed tonight.  

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